Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | October 5, 2012

Fall

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Fall brings gradually cooler temperatures that offer relief from the sizzling heat and humid filled days of summer along the coast.  Thermometers that once measured numbers in the upper eighties, nineties and at times even one hundred in summer begin to reverse and we see the mercury descend to match the now lower eighties, seventies and gradually fifties.  In the evening, overnight and then early mornings we begin to need long sleeves, then a lightweight jacket, hoodie or a sweat shirt.  Ah yes, this feels great.

Our homestead tends to look a bit different too.  The summer crops of okra, corn, tomatoes, squash, peas and beans are still around but slowing dwindling in the amounts on the plants.  New sections of the field are plowed to prepare for the planting of fall and winter greens.  Collards, turnips, mustards and kale seeds are sown in the rich soil turned over with compost.  Broccoli, cilantro, cabbage, carrots, spinach and varieties of lettuce are also planted alongside garlic and onion sets.

When you enter the stores or visit farmers markets you are welcomed by the array of pumpkins and other gourds.   The displays of Indian corn invite you to buy a bunch to take home and decorate in celebration of fall.  Apples are everywhere because it is picking time in the orchards.  Caramel and candy for the apples are on display nearby because they go together so well as everyone knows.   Raw peanuts fill baskets to the brim so we can take home a pound or two to roast or boil.  Oh the wonder of it all.

As my family and I travel north along highway 21 to Orangeburg to visit relatives, we see fields of cotton ready to be picked.  All summer we have passed by but the awaited time has arrived to pick the white fluffy bolls of cotton from the surrounding thorny husks.  Throughout the field are plants dotted with the white fiber we use so much.  Between the fields of cotton are fields of soybeans and tobacco also ready to be harvested this time of year.  Of course the beautiful green leaves along the road are changing, turning in to yellows, gold, red, orange and finally brown.  In our yard leaves fall to the ground and we rake them up into piles.  Kids jump and dive into them, some are shredded and become compost and plant bedding, some are burned.

In fall we walk through corn mazes, ride on hay bales atop tractor beds, have bon fires, roast marshmallows, drink cider, remember Johnny Appleseed, pick scuppernongs, pears and pomegranates.  Here on the coast we eat more shrimp, oyster and crab in fall; we even celebrate shrimp with a festival.  I love these things about fall in the south; it is without a doubt my favorite time of year.

God, thank you for making seasons.  Thank you that with each new season there are so many wonderful things you created for us to enjoy.  You are truly a wonderful God!

Genesis 1:14-15 (NASB) Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.

Acts 14:17 (NASB) …and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness

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